Sunday, January 19, 2014

Cinema Sunday: Man of Steel and The Wolverine

I entered this weekend with a very short "To Do" list and nothing heavy on my portion of the family calendar.  It seems I've been non-stop since Thanksgiving.  I'm not complaining, just stating how it feels.

While school is going well, we've had 12 school days since the holiday break and we've had 10 days with inside recess.  And due to illnesses and vacation, my entire teaching team was intact only twice.

So given all of that, Logan and I pledged to chill this weekend and get in a couple of movies we've been wanting to see.

#129 on my flickchart
While I love the work DC has done with animated television shows and direct to DVD movies, I've not been a huge fan of the DC Movie Universe.  Haley and I went to see "Superman Returns" when it came out in 2006.  While there was parts of it that I liked, I just didn't understand some of the choices they made.  I've seen the first two Nolan Batman movies on DVD but that's it for mainstream DC flicks.  I did go see "Watchmen" its opening weekend but that is its own beast.

"Man of Steel" was a good flick.  I understand some of the criticism level at it.  Part of me is bothered by the things that were done to change the story enough to keep the Siegel and Shuster families at bay.  But all in all it was enjoyable.  As for the whole "Superman doesn't kill" brouhaha, now that I've seen it, I think it fits in with the story.  I'm eager for the sequel and to see where the expansion of the movie universe goes next.

#96 on my flickchart
While I enjoy the Marvel Movie Universe, I seem to be selective about what I go see in the theater.  I skipped the Iron Man movies and watch them on DVD.  I missed the first "Thor" but have seen "Thor: The Dark World" twice already.  I've already got "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" lined up.  As for the Fox side of things, I think I've seen them all in the theater or at the drive-in, with the exception of "X-Men: First Class" and both solo Wolverine movies.

I'm not sure why I sat this one out.  Probably financial reasons last summer.  I love the source material for this story and really like Hugh Jackman's interpretation of the character.  This one is a little heavier than most of the X-Men franchise.  Even if I wasn't already all in on "X-Men: Days of Future Past", this movie would have cinched the deal.

We also watched "Despicable Me 2"...but I dozed off for some of it.


  1. I'm all about the DC movies. I'm all about DC in general, but definitely enjoy the movies. I loved Man of Steel.

  2. I'm actually happy with the choice of Zod's death at the end of Man of Steel. The peaceful endings of most DC stories often make them too plain.

  3. I enjoyed Superman. As far as the 'kill', I agree that it works in context of the film. Also, a point I think everyone misses: YOU CAN'T KILL A KRYPTONIAN UNDER THE EARTH'S SUN! So the real twist (besides Zod's neck) is that Superman's character will be built upon his own self-doubt, caution, fear of his own power etc etc, motivating his development throughout the films, but eventually he will be proven to have not committed murder when Zod pops up in, most likely, the third film of the sequel.

    Zod is somewhere in a Lexcorp (or perhaps STAR Labs) containment facility, in some sort of stasis, not actual death as Earthlings understand it.

    As for Wolverine, I haven't seen that one yet. Not for lack of interest, I just haven't gotten around to it yet.

  4. MOS was one of my favorites this summer. I did like the Wolverine, the ending setting up Days of Future Past was unexpected in the theaters, and made me wanting more.

  5. At least we took turns sleeping through the movies :)


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